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Discovery of asylum's mass grave halts U. Miss. construction project

Parking garage planners said finding of at least 1,000 bodies was not a surprise



University of Mississippi Medical Center (photo courtesy UMMC)

The University of Mississippi's School of Medicine was forced to delay construction of a parking garage after tests revealed the presence of as many as 1,000 bodies buried at the Jackson, Miss., site.

They were not identified, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, and are thought to have been former patients at the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum, which closed about 80 years ago.

The discovery wasn't entirely unexpected, university spokesman Jack Mazurak told Yahoo News. "The property that the University of Mississippi Medical Center is located on used to be the location of the state insane asylum, which operated from 1855 to 1935," Mazurak said.

"Historically we knew that there were a lot of graves, many of which were not marked. In the '90s, we took the handful of marked graves and reinterred them in a designated cemetery area," he said.

"Throughout the years, as construction projects have gone on, on campus, we've occasionally run across a coffin. In fall of 2012, we were extending a road for a new intersection. That extension ran across an area that had rows of graves." Mazurak said they found about 66 graves in that instance.

Mazurak said the university quickly determined it couldn't build on the site, both out of respect and due to the cost to move and rebury the bodies, which would have added $3 million to the cost of the parking garage project at about $3,000 per grave.

The recent discovery was made before any bodies were physically dug up. Having learned their lesson from previous instances, researchers used ground-penetrating radar to test before breaking ground.

Officials from the medical center are currently discussing where to build the parking garage as well as other structures and parking lots they have planned for the campus.

The main campus for the University of Mississippi is located in Oxford. The Medical Center is located around three hours south in Jackson.

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That is so creepy......
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Not surprised. The reservoir (named after white supremacist Ross Barnett Ermm) is also supposed to have graves underneath it.
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many medical schools and hospitals have sordid pasts...especially with the mentally ill and black patients...it's scary many practices were legal until not too many years ago

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (3) Thanks(3)   Quote carolina cutie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 10 2014 at 10:03pm
Being that it is Jacktown and they died in the late 19th and early 20th century and it was in the deep south...You know some sh!t went down with a lot of those asylums and the bodies buried.
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CC I have never heard a non-Mississippian say "Jacktown". Who yo peeps be? LOLLOLLOL I'm srs.Stern SmileStern SmileStern Smile
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^I may or may not hang out around the area in the summers and cri-muh time.Big smile
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Read Medical Apartheid


This is hardly a rare incident. Medical schools stealing bodies of from Black graves to use as cadavers  was common place. These medical schools would then throw the the bones into pits and many extended parts of these schools would be built right on top


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Not to mention the monster people refer to as the "father of gynecology". He tortured and mutilated living female slaves in the name of science because he believed slaves were less than human.
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Question: so what are they going to do with the land? Leave it as it is? Turn it into an actual marked graveyard?
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